The Belly Health Calls

These are the recorded calls in response to threads on the Belly Health facebook group, as well as to emails we receive in response to the Newsletters.

Future live calls have become a part of the Recover Program.



Can chronic pain cause adhesions? Isabel addresses this common question and concern and explains the importance of movement relative to chronic pain. 

Questions and topics also included:

  • Can a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) aggravate adhesion pain?

  • How can hands on work help someone who has a diagnosis of Ulcerative Colitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and is experiencing digestive agitation, issues with the ileocecal valve, gas and bloating? Isabel provides examples of exercises and movements to address this specific health history.

  • How and when to rebuild abdominal muscles during recovery.

  • Will a practitioner be able to palpate an adhesion to know if it’s causing discomfort? 

  • Endometriosis and pain with bowel movements.



Is it normal to feel like everything is getting worse?  Learn more about flare ups and how to get ahead of the pain. 



Learn about why the symptoms of bladder and/or bowel change are so important to pay attention to. Isabel explains the importance of keeping a log of these symptoms and changes.



Learn about a specific health history question regarding the use of statins and other medications related to adhesions and abdominal pain. Isabel also addresses the importance of using yoga and movement for the entire body in order to aid “problem” or “tight” areas, such as the abdomen.



Can adhesions be cured? Isabel offered a fresh perspective on a common question and concern.  Learn 3 practical steps to living a life that you want to live.  We also discussed diagnosing adhesions and if this is a necessary step, the correlation between adhesions and bowel obstructions, as well as the correlation between abdominal adhesions and low back pain.



This week we answered questions regarding referred pain and treatments for bowel obstructions. We also discussed inguinal hernias and non-surgical treatments available, such as manual therapy and alignment techniques.

Questions and topics included:

  • How myofasical therapy can help referred pain. Why pain medications often do not help or resolve myofasical pain.
  • How small and large intestine bowel obstructions can be resolved with manual work. 
  • What types of non-surgical treatments can help asymptomatic inguinal hernias? 
  • What can you do to get rid of myofasical cysts on the abdomen?



This week we answered questions regarding a specific health history, maybe this will apply to you as well!

Questions and topics included:

  • What can someone do to help their partner who is experiencing the following symptoms and health history: 4 abdominal surgeries, cancer in the last 18 months, no bowel movements, experiencing diarrhea, and their stomach is hard on one side. 
  • The importance of consulting a doctor before going ahead with any treatment, especially if there has been a recent surgery or major health condition. 
  • How to resolve issues with the ileocecal valve? If the valve is stuck open, it can cause diarrhea and if it is stuck closed, it can cause constipation.
  • How to talk to your provider or doctor about manual abdominal therapy?



What is happening when you hit a wall or reach a plateau in your treatment or recovery? Isabel explains what to do when you aren’t getting the results that you were getting a couple weeks ago.

Questions and topics included:

  • What are the causes of bowel obstructions?
  • What can I do to if someone experiences chronic bowel obstructions? Isabel discusses manual therapy, physical therapy as well as laxatives.
  • What is the relationship between constipation and adhesions?
  • Isabel answers a question about the Clear Passage Treatment. 
  • Myofasical Pain Syndrome
  • What is the relationship between inflammation and diet?



Learn more about the relationship between movement and recovery, as well as Isabel’s experience of how long treatment usually takes.

Questions and topics included:

  • Can yoga and movement aid in pain and dysfunction?
  • Can you overdue movement?
  • How do acupuncture and hydration aid in movement and stretching
  • How to negotiate discomfort in movement and stretching so that you can do not stop moving altogether. 
  • What is the DMSO supplement? Can it help adhesions?
  • Why is it importance to keep a journal or log about your recovery?
  • How long should I expect until I recover?
  • How frequent should I receive treatments?



Learn about a variety of treatments available for abdominal adhesions such as Rolfing, Maya Abdominal Massage, Gua Sha, Myofacsial Massage, Visceral Manipulation with the Barrel Institute, Chi Nei Tsang.  Isabel addressed general questions about starting to heal your belly and explains the dynamic process of undergoing treatments, including the natural the ups and the downs.

Questions included:

  • How to find a practitioner that it is the perfect fit for you?
  • What is the difference between visceral work and myofasical work?
  • Will a trying a new treatment make my pain worse?  
  • How do I work with different layers of the belly?
  • Is it possible to work completely work through abdominal adhesions or just loosen them? 
  • What is the difference between scar tissue and adhesions?


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